Oceans Unmanned uses drones to track pollution in Indian and Pacific Oceans

Oceans Unmanned, a non-profit group located in , employs drones to monitor and track pollution in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Oceans Unmanned is collaborating with Melissa Schiele, a Ph.D. researcher at Loughborough University’s School of Mechanical, Electrical, and Manufacturing Engineering, in the Indian Ocean to create easy ways for gathering photographs of ocean and beach plastics utilizing drones.

Oceans Unmanned Uses Drones To Track Pollution In Indian And Pacific Oceans

The data obtained by drones, primarily the Aeromapper Talon fixed-wing UAV, will be utilized to create a baseline aggregation, deposition rates, and categorization database.

The project is being carried out in conjunction with Oceans Unmanned, the Marine Research and High  Center (MaRHE – University of Milano-Bicocca), and with the help of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands.

“We flew the Talon at 80m and 100m altitude and were impressed with the orthomosaics produced in Agisoft Metashape [photogrammetry software] of the seagrass beds in Magoodhoo island,” Schiele reportedly said. “The drone flies at around 55kph, which is a little nippier than our Mavic and Phantom [drones] we were also flying.”

Oceans Unmanned Uses Drones To Track Pollution In Indian And Pacific Oceans

Oceans Unmanned uses drones help to track pollution

“Currently, we are working on methods for analysis and will be inviting local academic stakeholders to join our research group officially. The project stakeholder map is growing large, very quickly, and building capacity in situ is a core objective for us.”

Over 1,100 species of fish and 180 types of coral inhabit the world’s seventh-largest coral reef system in the Maldives. Dr. Sol Milne, a former Ritz-Carlton resident naturalist and inventor of a machine learning technique for detecting ghost nets in drone photographs, has devised a solution to this issue of discarded or lost fishing nets.

Oceans Unmanned Uses Drones To Track Pollution In Indian And Pacific Oceans

“He has net data from around the world, and he and I worked to get net data from around the resort in the Maldives,” said Schiele. “It’s an important part of our work in the Maldives as nets are everywhere and spotting them is difficult until they are upon you.

“Kat Mason, another former [Ritz Carlton] naturalist, intercepted an Olive Ridley turtle in a ghost net on a routine drone flight – a real proof of activity concept if I ever saw one! The turtle was rescued.”

Oceans Unmanned Uses Drones To Track Pollution In Indian And Pacific Oceans

Using tethered DJI Matrice 210 and Mavic drones, Oceans Unmanned is also monitoring and tracking pollution in the Pacific Ocean’s Great Garbage Patch.

You can read more stories about how drones are being used for good and help to save wildlife here on DroneXL.

Photos courtesy of Oceans Unmanned and M. Schiele.

Daily Drone News

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Get your Part 107 Certificate

Pass the test and take to the skies with the Pilot Institute. We have helped thousands of people become airplane and commercial drone pilots. Our courses are designed by industry experts to help you pass FAA tests and achieve your dreams.

pilot institute dronexl

FTC: DroneXL.co uses affiliate links that generate income.* We do not sell, share, rent out or spam your email, ever. Our email goes out on weekdays around 5:30 p.m.

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

Articles: 1938

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.